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Human Machine Interface ProductsFull-size C-more touch panels interchange and display graphics, animation and data to and from a PLC by merely touching the screen. Virtually replace every pushbutton, switch, meter and other peripheral devices. C-more Micro-Graphic's 3.1-inch screens display graphics as well as text. Touch and non-touch screen versions are available. C-more here.
Durable Industrial Control Timers and RelaysAutomationDirect offers relays, solid-state and digital timers for a wide range of applications. General-purpose relays are available in ice cube, card and solid-state styles. Need a miniature DIN timer, 1/16 DIN timer or 1/16 DIN digital timer switch? We have a timer relay to fit your needs.
Ethernet and Serial Communication ProductsAutomationDirect's communication products link via phone, Ethernet or serial connection to your industrial controllers. Serial products include cable kits, network adapters and converters and an industrial modem. Ethernet products range from switches and hubs to adapter cards for your PC. Wireless products include our series of radio modems.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.